Caring for All Wood Furniture

The look of all wood furniture is warm and inviting. Wood combines beauty with style to make an indelible impression on all who view it. Furniture can be made from solid wood, laminates, softwoods, hardwoods, recycled wood or any combination thereof. Nothing can compare to the look of delicate carved wood ornamentation on a piece of furniture. Simply put, there is nothing like furniture made of all wood materials.

Furniture made of wood is not difficult to care for. Like any other furniture, it should be dusted regularly to keep it clean. An annual wax and polish should be adequate to ensure your furniture lasts a lifetime. That said, what follows are some very useful tips to help you maintain your wood furniture’s beauty and integrity.

Dust carefully and be certain to remove any excessive dust build up. Dust will dull the surface of the wood and over time, may destroy the finish completely. Be sure to read any instructions you receive with your furniture and follow any cleaning suggestions included.

• Avoid using feather dusters; they can scratch the surface of the wood.

• Do use a soft dusting cloth. Chamois and t-shirt fabric are ideal.

• Never use a dirty cloth for dusting.

• Avoid using water to clean wood furniture; water can cause swelling and wood warp.

• Follow the grain of the wood when dusting.

• Avoid sliding lamps etc. across the wood, lift to avoid scratches.

• Avoid using products that contain linseed oil since it can darken and hide the beauty of the wood.

UV light is damaging to wood; it is not only damaging to the finish but it can actually bleach wood under the finish. Generally speaking exposing wood to excessive light is not a good idea. Too much light can cause cracks in the wood; clear finishes can become opaque or yellowed as a result of light exposure. The cellular structure of wood can even degenerate when exposed to extreme amounts of light. Light damage is cumulative and it cannot be revered. Controlling the amount of light your wood is exposed to is critical extending the life of your wood furniture.

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Learn to care for your wood furniture and it will last for a lifetime -- or two! This small table and wooden box should not have been left near a window. (Image via Wikipedia)

• Shade your wood furniture with blinds or drapes during the sunniest periods of the day.

• Install UV filtering tints or films on windows, skylights and sliding glass doors.

• If you leave for extended periods, cover your wood furniture with non-plastic sheets.

• To assure even wood bleaching, move objects (such as lamps) periodically.

Humidity is another important factor to consider when caring for all wood furniture. Experts concur that the best temperature for wood is 70-72 degrees with 40-60% humidity levels. Sudden humidity decreases can cause cracking in wooden furniture

• If relative humidity is less than 30% for an extended time period, wood will crack.

• Harsh chemicals and products that contain alcohol must be kept from your wood furniture’s finish to prevent intense damage.

• Control your home environment with a humidifier or de-humidifier as needed.

Furniture constructed of wood is not hard to care for. By using proper products and techniques you are sure to enjoy your beautiful wood furniture for a lifetime.

If you want to get the best all-wood custom furniture, contact Big Drawers for a free estimate.

Custom Bedroom Furniture for a Unique Bedroom

Custom bedroom furniture is the perfect way to create a bedroom that reflects your personality and lifestyle. You are a unique individual and as such, you have unique needs and desires. Whether you have too many clothes for your current storage capacity or too many shoes cluttering your closet, custom built furniture will solve your quandaries.

The advantages of custom built furniture are numerous. By opting for custom built you will be able to decide on all aspects of the project. Would you like contemporary or are you into antique reproductions? You chose the style, design, material and even the finish to be applied to the furniture. Choosing custom furniture allows you to create a bedroom haven where you can relax in comfort and enjoy your down time.

Another advantage of custom built furniture is that it holds its value. Mass produced furniture rarely demands a high resale price; custom built pieces on the other hand, generally hold their value. Those who find the cost of custom furniture to be prohibitive will likely find that used pieces are available at reduced prices.

High quality craftsmanship is the defining characteristic of custom furniture. Most crafters take immense pride in their work and often consider each piece as a potential heirloom. They create furniture that is built to last more than a lifetime.

There are many materials from which to choose for the building your bedroom furniture. Wood is one of the most popular materials for bedroom furniture. Nothing is more beautiful than a custom made wood headboard and footboard to add “wow” to the room. Taking it one step further, commission matching wood pieces like chests, armoire, lamp stands and an entertainment center in matching wood to make the look complete. There is a nearly endless list of types of woods from throughout the world that are available to create your perfect bedroom. Imagine your bedroom in gorgeous cherry wood or warm oak; the material you select is a huge factor is setting the mood of the room. If you want a relaxing setting, choose warm, neutral toned woods; for a more startling effect choose woods like teak or ebony.

When you decide to commission custom furniture for your bedroom, use care selecting the person to build your pieces. Check references, if possible look at some of their previous work. Look for a craftsman who is creative and innovative. Be sure to hire a builder you are comfortable working with, one who will work with you as a partner in the project. After all, your real goal is to use their skills and passions to turn your vision into reality. Don’t forget to listen to the builder’s suggestions; you are hiring not only their building skills but their expertise and knowledge.

Envision the perfect bedroom and then, put your plan into motion. Unique custom bedroom furniture is exactly what you need for creating a haven where you can relax and de-stress.


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Unique Custom Furniture to Fit Your Lifestyle


Custom furniture is the perfect option for adapting your environment to your unique wants and needs. Furniture shopping can be frustrating, especially if you have a vision of exactly what you want but are unable to find it. Opting to commission custom built furniture enables you to specify all the details, everything from choice of materials to dimensions are your decisions.

There are many real advantages to custom crafted furniture. Since each piece is hand-crafted to your personal specs, the piece will be totally unique. Choose your favorite wood, choose the exact dimensions to fit you comfortably and choose the style to complement your home (or office) décor. Opting for custom pieces puts you in the driver’s seat.

How many furniture shopping trips have you endured only to settle on pieces that are close to what you want but not quite right? Why settle? Look into having furniture built that fits your lifestyle and reflects your personality.


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LeBron James — Imagine him using Big Drawers Furniture! Image via Wikipedia

Over-size custom furniture is a great option for those who are larger than the average size population. Very tall persons often suffer extreme discomfort in regular sized seats. For example, imagine LeBron James seated on an average sized couch; his knees would likely be up somewhere around his chest. Such a tall person would benefit from buying furniture designed specifically to fit their long legs and torso.

Broader and heavier-than-average persons often experience embarrassment and anxiety when presented with standard seating. Average chairs may not be sturdy enough to hold the bulk of a large body; over-size furniture made specifically for heavy duty are a good choice for heavier body types. There is no need to sacrifice beauty and style for durability, craftsman design and build gorgeous heirloom quality pieces for all rooms of the home. Wider styles of furniture are also known as “chair and a half” styles.

Selecting the right craftsman for the job should be undertaken with care. Ask to see samples of their previous work; contact references if at all possible. Choose a builder that you can readily communicate with; only hire a craftsman you are comfortable with and trust. Your builder may have suggestion during the process; be certain to pay heed to their ideas. You are hiring this person for his knowledge and experience; he should know more than you about building furniture. If your builder warns you that the wood you have selected is inappropriate for your intended use, listen to their advice. Most likely, you will be very glad you did.

If you are tired of “making do” with furniture that does not fit your lifestyle, take control of the situation. Envision the furniture you want and commission pieces designed to make you happy.

Get the best custom-made furniture for your needs at Big Drawer Furniture. Call today for your free estimate.